Tracking the Great Blogwar

I mostly find this silliness to be a distraction from the real business of blogging — which I vaguely remember as having something to do with actually writing stuff other people want to read. (Or was it posting nekkid pictures of yourself or, even better, of more attractive people? I always forget). But hey, I […]

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Compromise Kills

Does the concept of compromise by definition deliver bad results for certain intractable problems? Gun rights vs. gun control leaps to mind. Let’s leave aside, for the moment, the legitimate arguments on the gun rights side of the fence about the salutary effect gun ownership has on putting power in the hands of citizens (as […]

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Showcase: Game On!

OK folks, now that we’re back in business and Hosting Matters appears comfortable that the scripts aren’t causing any problems, it’s time to re-activate the New Weblog Showcase. We’ve been accumulating contestants for the past few weeks, so I’m going to take the simple way out: next Monday will be the end of this mega-contest, […]

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A lean, mean, link-countin’ machine

So I spent much of today re-working the Ecosystem code so that it isn’t such a resource hog, and believe I have finally met with some success. There is a fresh run out there now, which I believe to be accurate. To reduce the system load, I actually had to radically change the method I […]

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No updates this week

The Ecosystem and all other TTLB functions will be down all week; Hosting Matters has notified me that the scripts are monopolizing resources to an unacceptable degree and they will not permit them to run. I’m still not clear if this is just the natural progression of load growing over time, or if something is […]

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All better now

…although I should know better than to say that, given how things have been going around here lately. OK, this morning’s scans completed successfully, and things appear to be functioning normally. Here’s what happened, best as I can tell: – Last week, I had a database corruption issue, which caused me to have to drop […]

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And the culprit is…

…Hosting Matters. Again. I just received confirmation that yes indeedy, Hosting Matters implemented a change a few weeks back that rendered part of my Ecosystem code inoperable. Turns out that they have now made it illegal to execute ‘exec’ calls from php scripts, which is a crucial part of how the Ecosystem routines work. They […]

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Broken Again

Yet another mysterious issue has cropped up which has broken the Ecosystem — now, my cron job is simply aborting part-way through the run. This means no Showcase winner today — I’ll have to figure out something later in the week. Sorry.

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Hitchens Opens Fire on Hope; Shoots Own Foot

When Christopher Hitchens is right, he’s brilliant. But when he misfires, he does it just as big. See his latest Slate piece, Hopeless, in which he both speaks ill of the dead, and makes an ass of himself — the former of which is forgiveable; the latter, lamentable. Hitchens has made a name for himself […]

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